Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

NCAA seeks to dismiss college athletes' federal lawsuit

Sep. 13, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The NCAA is seeking to dismiss a federal lawsuit by two college athletes that seeks to prevent the association from limiting compensation athletes can make from their names, images and likenesses. Attorneys for the NCAA filed a motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit by Oregon women's...

Tensions rise over Oregon's use of COVID-19 relief funds

Aug. 20, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

Salem, Ore. (AP) — Democratic and Republican lawmakers lawmakers say county governments should directly receive tens of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funds, rather than having the state government funnel them to Oregon communities. The Legislature has debated how to spend $1.4 billion...

Supreme Court stops Oregon redistricting ballot measure

Aug. 11, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An effort to alter how Oregon draws its legislative and congressional districts has been halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a ruling Tuesday, the court granted an emergency stay that will stop, for now, a push by government watchdog groups and...

The House works to adopts rules during a special session of the state Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's $1 billion budget hole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP)

Cuts, reserve funds help lawmakers balance Oregon budget

Aug. 11, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

Oregon lawmakers cut hundreds of millions of dollars from state agencies and tapped emergency reserves to help plug a $1 billion budget deficit due to COVID-19 shutdowns and also further restricted police choke holds during a testy, day-long special session. Some leading lawmakers had hoped to focus the special...

The House works to adopts rules during a special session of the state Legislature at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Oregon lawmakers discussed unemployment benefits and police reform bills as they returned to the Capitol for a special session that was largely supposed to be focused on the state's $1 billion budget hole due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Brian Hayes/Statesman Journal via AP)

Lawmakers adjourn special session, restrict choke holds

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A measure further restricting the use of choke holds by police passed the Oregon Legislature by wide margins Monday night as lawmakers concluded a special session called to fix a billion-dollar budget deficit due to COVID-19. House Bill 4301 prohibits the use of choke holds by police or...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019 file photo, children play in fountains at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Lawmakers return to the Capitol for the second special session of 2020. But the question remains if the session, which begins Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, will be solely dedicated to rebalancing the state budget thrown out of whack because of the COVID-19 pandemic or if bills altering policy will be considered. ( AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...